The Household Waste Partnership Working Group was established by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in 2017 to address the important issue of household waste and to provide technical assistance worldwide through the dissemination of available solutions for ESM, including issues such as separation at source, collection, transport, storage, recycling, energy recovery and final disposal.
The BCRC-Caribbean is a member of the Working Group for the Household Waste Partnership and has significantly contributed to the development of the draft guidance on the ESM of household waste which aims to demonstrate best practices related to the ESM of household wastes.
In September 2019, the BCRC-Caribbean hosted the second meeting of the Household Waste Partnership which aimed to discuss the Working Group’s work plan for the 2020-2021 biennium including:
- Finalisation of the draft overall guidance document on the ESM of household waste;
- Collection of case studies from various regions related to the topics addressed in the guidance document;
- Enhancement of awareness-raising activities and training on the ESM of household waste and enhancement of people’s participation in household waste management activities and decision-making; and
- Coordination of outreach activities and cooperation with other organisations working on household waste management, including the Partnership on Plastic Waste.
Testing and feedback report of the draft guidance on the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of household waste in the Guanapo Landfill, Trinidad and Tobago
The ‘Revised draft overall guidance document on the environmentally sound management of household waste’ (UNEP/CHW.14/INF/32) is now at an advanced stage and ready to be tested by relevant stakeholders to assess its coherence, comprehensibility and usability.
The Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) together with the BCRC-Caribbean have agreed to co-operate through a Small-Scale Funding Agreement to test the guidance document by implementation of the project entitled “Testing and feedback report of the draft guidance on the ESM of household waste in the Guanapo Landfill, Trinidad and Tobago” and further partnering with the Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL). The main objective of this pilot project is to test the draft guidance and to provide feedback in the form of a report.
The BCRC-Caribbean is now seeking now in the process of seeking final approval from the BRS Secretariat while working alongside the SWMCOL in planning and execution of the project. The project will also require the recruitment of locally based personnel with expertise in Waste Management, Economics, Communications and Health, Safety and the Environment. The project is expected to begin in July 2021 and conclude by December 2021.